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The Monk's Kettle

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The Monk's KettleThe Monk's Kettle

92 Ratings
Ratings: 92
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 8.82%
Taps: 24
Bottles: 180
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

3141 16th St
San Francisco, California, 94103-3334
United States
phone: (415) 865-9523

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @monkskettle

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.85/5  rDev +9.7%

Had to kill a some time Friday night while waiting to meet up with friends. Since I was in the area, I strolled into the Monk's Kettle. What an excellent choice that was!

I've gone by this place many times, and it always seems to be packed. Last night was no different. The crowd was decidedly young and, oddly enough, not bogged down with hipsters - yay!

After seating myself in the corner, a server immediately brought me a beer and food menu. The bottle list ran very deep, and the tap selection was loaded with local rarities. All of the food items sounded good, and they came with beer pairing suggestions. I was very impressed. The prices were steep though, and I decided to order a cup of tomato bisque and a Moonlight Sour Mash Lager, partially because they each sounded good, but mainly because they were the cheapest items on the menu.

My server/waiter was right on top of things, and approached me as soon as I looked ready. Immediately after ordering, he asked if I would like to open a tab. I told him that I was only staying for a single round, so he dropped off the check right then and there. While some may view this as rude, I didn't have much time to waste and appreciated the gesture. He immediately fetched my beer, and five minutes later I had my bisque, too. Service was very responsive and speedy.

The food and beer were absolutely delicious (although the soup came out extremely hot, and I burned my tongue on the first sip). I'd love to come back and try more things on their menu (both beer and food). This is one of the most complete beer bars I've ever been too, and possibly my new favorite in San Francisco. I highly recommend this to anyone in the area!

ThreeWiseMen, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of ritter57
4.58/5  rDev +3.6%

I get to San Francisco often but I just went to this place for the first time. I will go back as often as I can. The beer selection is perfect. A nice variety, quality choices in each style, and a few lesser know gems. By the name I thought it would be too focused on Belgians but all of craft beer is well represented. The servers know a lot about the beer and made good recommendations. Great food too. The place was a little small but the atmosphere was cool. We arrived around 7:30 and got the last 3 seats available. By the time we left at 9:00 the place was packed and there was a long wait to sit down.

ritter57, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of ericfb18
4.65/5  rDev +5.2%

In San Francisco on business...visited twice - 5/15 & 5/16.

Place gets quite busy...but for this beer selection, it's worth it! Beer list is about 4-5 pages long, with solid choices all around. Be ready to pay for it though. I had, over the two nights, an Old Rasputin XII, Cuvee de Tomme, Fou Foune and a Supplication. The beer list on their website seems to be very well maintained so always up-to-date. Prices are listed to give you an idea of what to expect.

Service was good...bartenders could be a little more knowledgeable about what they are selling, but were very attentive. Had an excellent cheese platter, but no entree...menu looked great though.

Highly recommended to anyone in town...well worth the visit.

ericfb18, May 20, 2010
Photo of raoulduke37
4.66/5  rDev +5.4%

This little gem in the Mission is a must-stop for any beer lover, period. A good counterpoint to Toronado on the other side of town, and near many fine food establishments.

Atmosphere - Awesome! Little bar, non-pretentious, the cook grilling away happily, and customers and employees chatting away happily about beer or non-beer related stuff. Right above the bar is a salvaged walk-in fireplace frame, a la Citizen Kane.

Quality - Very beer-centric, clean taplines, everything clean and classy. Huge glassware collection, and our man behind the bar definitely knew how to pour.

Service - Ignore Yelp for this portion. One guy was complaining about the service, but this was the type of dude who wouldn't look out of place on the Jersey Shore. He then proceeded to give a five star rating to his gym, for having a great personal trainer who helped him improve his physique. You get the picture. Our guy, can't remember his name, really knew his beer, corrected me amicably a few times when I was talking to him, poured all beer perfectly into clean, appropriate glasses, was VERY attentive to other customers in the place, etc.

Selection - Not huge, but awesome! On tap I had RR Temptation and Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot, bottle list has some gems, but I found them to be too expensive.

Food - Didn't try but looked amazing. In typical SF fashion, it is all local, sustainable, grass-fed, etc. Very environmentally conscious.

Value - On-tap value is very reasonable, and although the bottle selection is great, most were way out of my price range.

All in all, a great place that I'll visit every time I'm in city.

raoulduke37, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of jdense
3.94/5  rDev -10.9%

Visited 4.3.10 early pm during SFO beer tour.

Very small establishment, less than 10 tables and about 12 seats at bar with 6-8 seats on ledge next to open kitchen. 24 taps, very high quality, but prices are quite expensive, $7.75 for Pliny, and $11.25 for Lucifer after paying $8 at Le Trappe the night before. Extensive bottled list, once again very high quality and very very expensive, $12.75 for HOTD Fred and Adam, not much value in the beer offerings. Nice looking Belgian-style menu, once again high priced, but it looked quite tasty. I don't know if they are trying to be like Le Trappe, but the vibe isn't as cool. Really nice help, and I had a nice conversation with a well-traveled Scandinavian gentlemen. If looking for quality beer and above average food, albeit at a very high price, this is someplace to visit, though there isn't much value to this up and coming beer bistro.

jdense, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of cleverbeername
4.13/5  rDev -6.6%

I like the walk in only style. made a door reservation and was quoted an hour, turned out to be half that time (big point for the over estimate). small place with nice decor, not over the top crap on the walls kinda of place but not overtly sterile and artsy. staff was on it, well versed, polite, timely (i did however get upsold from $12 to $35 without the server disclosing the price, but good for him for pulling it off, i respect sales and its my bad for not asking or looking). Food was great, paired nice and was creative. i left happy, not over stuffed full of greasy bar food. price is spot on beer geeks should be weary to label this as too pricey. non business owners need to understand the fine balance of paying good staff for front and back of the house and cover turn ratio, so i think again its spot on. as a last note, this would be hard to pull off out of a larger city.

cleverbeername, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of mjl21
4.14/5  rDev -6.3%

The Monk's Kettle is a nice beer bar/restaurant that is in the heart of the Mission district, which means you can find metered parking during the day and if you're lucky a spot at night. If you can, use public transportation. All of my visits have come during the day time for a quick pint and I have not dealt with the crowds that are common at night.

The space is fairly small. When you walk in the bar is to your right and there are booths lining the other wall. They have a really large beer menu. I counted twenty plus taps and they have a really extensive bottle list. Most draught offerings are real pints and if not, the serving size is posted on the menu. They have a really nice selection of glassware above the bar.

For their draught offerings they do a good job of integrating locals like RR, Marin, Moonlight, and Iron Springs, along with stuff from American breweries like Firestone Walker, Stone, Oskar Blues, and DFH. They also carry a lot of Euro brands. The tap prices are about normal for SF, but a lot more than the Toronado. Expect to pay a tad under $8 for a pint of Pliny the Elder. Not surprisingly the Belgian drafts cost more.

The bottled beers are usually quite expensive. It seems like most are more than double or triple what you would pay at a retail store. $37.50 for an Alesmith Old Numbskull and $65.00 for a 2009 Lost Abbey Angel's Share (the infamous flat one) is price gouging.

I can't speak for the food as I have never eaten here. I have heard they make great mac n cheese and burgers.

The service at the bar has always been polite. They are quick to pour you a drink and seemed to be helpful to customers who had questions.

This is a nice addition to the SF beer scene. I recommend sticking more with their draught beer as the prices are much more reasonable. They also get major points for doing a good job of updating their website with what is on tap. I definitely plan to return to try some food.

mjl21, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of radshoesbro
4.28/5  rDev -3.2%

It's in a fairly unkempt, sort of Street Chic neighborhood. However, don't let the surroundings fool you. This is a top of the line beer bar! They've got some really remarkable beers. They had Old Rasputin XI nearly two years after it's release and Duvel Green. The problem? Their beers are insanely expensive. This is in no way cheap, and not even a little pricey, it's damn expensive ($14 for some 8 oz pours)! Look at some of the bottle prices and you'll see my point. Which makes me think that it clearly is catering to an older crowd.

The establishment itself is very nice. Lot's of wood, with a beautiful bar! Proper glassware is served with all the beers.

The tap list really isn't the best I've seen, but it's good enough that it makes me interested. The bottle selection is really where they shine. I really wish they weren't so expensive, cause some of them are fucking gems! Yes, they have their fair share of very pedestrian beers, which are slightly more reasonably priced. Luckily for me they poured me an 8 oz glass of what was advertised as a 4 oz pour, which was really cool of them!

I had a sausage sandwich, which was quite good. Definitely better than other ones I've had, so that was a plus. My wife described her chicken sandwich as "good in theory." Guess it just didn't deliver the goods! The food is also very pricey and for the price it really doesn't deliver. If my sandwich was $8 instead of $15 I would've been in heaven.

Will I ever go back here? Only if someone else is paying! The prices just kill it and for as good as they are it's just not worth it if you're on any type of budget.

radshoesbro, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of nickd717
3.9/5  rDev -11.8%

Let me start by saying that if money is no object, this is an excellent place. The beer selection is great and the food is amazing. You can find great limited beers like The Bruery Papier and Russian River Supplication way after they're gone from all local stores. Unfortunately for most of us who aren't Bill Gates, the Google founders, a big-time professional athlete, or an evil, greedy investment banking executive, money is a thing. Well, that is, until we go to Monk's Kettle. After that, the thing in our wallets that was originally a bunch of money will have completely disappeared.

This place is really, really, ridiculously expensive and marks up beer like most nice restaurants do with wine. I just think that 2.5x or higher wine mark-ups are insane and people are crazy to pay them, and I enjoy the fact that great beer can still be had with a great meal for a reasonable price. Not at Monk's Kettle. You're going to be paying (and I read directly from their beer list) $35 for an AleSmith Speedway Stout (usually $12), $11.25 for a Duvel (usually $3.50), and $28 for a Lost Abbey Judgment Day (usually $10).

However, if you can take the wallet hit and want to impress someone with great food paired with world class beer, this is the place. I had some really excellent food there. There simply aren't many things better than great beer and great food. Last time I went, I had a charcuterie plate, a creamy bowl of tomato soup, and a pulled pork sandwich, along with a La Trappe Isid'Or, a Ballast Point Sculpin IPA, and an '05 North Coast Old Stock Ale (reasonably priced surprisingly!). All were incredible.

Monk's Kettle can really wow you, but you're going to have to hand over the majority of your paycheck for the pleasure. Oh yeah, and it gets crowded and they don't typically take reservations. Go before 6:30 for a weekend dinner unless you want to wait hours for a table. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm heading to Monk's Kettle to shell out $85 for a beer dinner. D'oh! *Final note: I should also add Jermaine Dupri and Jay-Z to the list of people who don't think money is a thing, since they had a song specifically called, "Money Ain't a Thing."

nickd717, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of woodychandler
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%

What a find! A fantastic diamond in the rough of the Mission District. 16th just up from Valencia and right across from Amnesia. Boy, can I pick'em.

It was a small space, but well appointed. The dark wood bar was directly inside to the right. The back bar featured a pair of flanking Japanese/Chinese lions elaborately carved into the equally dark wood. The bar lamp fixtures were reminiscent of the pointed straw hats commonly worn in SE Asia. Come to think of it, the booths along the left wall were very evocative of Japan, with the slatted seats and dividers. The kitchen was also right, just aft of the bar and utilized a zigzag pattern that incorporated chalkboards to list available beers, plus requests and quotations. As I entered, our small world grew smaller as Nick from the Chalet greeted me as I headed to the lav. Much better success than what I encountered in MTYCO. Friendly unobtrusive, attentive. The open nature of the kitchen lent itself to the scents of cooking. I twice salivated over whatever was on the grill. Lovely being an unapologetic omnivore. I simply enjoyed letting my eyes slide around the taps and the BT display. These are great times in which we live, bro!

Beer: Twenty-four (24) taps, 14 of which were CA, 5 Belgian, which is simply a quantification. BTs - around 100 different. Impressive!

woodychandler, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of alfrantzell
3.06/5  rDev -30.8%

The Monk's Kettle is a delightful gastro-pub in the Mission District. With a menu of artisan micro-beer and locally-sourced organo-grub, it's just the place to break bread with my be-whiskered brethren on a warm Wednesday night.

The food: there are so many sumptuous morsels. I can't tell you how many times I've come here to gorge myself on vegan chili and baby arugula. But sometimes I like something simple - the proverbial pretzel to go with my proverbial beer, perhaps? At $8.75 the giant crafted pretzel-bread is pricey, but who am I to argue with sustainable mustard? It's downright rustic.

The beer: something is sure to prick up your palate. The selection is ginormous; many are the afternoons I've spent supping samplers at the bar. A crisp ten dollar bill gets you a crisp glass of Pliny the Elder, a lip-smacking DIPA. Or you could splurge on a goblet of earthy Belgiana - an 8 oz pour of Petrus' Oud Bruin goes for a mere $11.50, and 12 oz of the luscious Maredsous Tripel goes for $13.75. Hold me back. They even have the occasional gravity-keg on the manual-pump.

The service: Monk's Kettle extends its observance of the Slow Food movement to its preparation and even the seating before the meal is served. Some of my fellow locovores gripe about it, but I like to think Monk's is preventing repetitive-strain injuries.

Besides, it gives you time to breathe in that refreshing Mission ambiance.

alfrantzell, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev -9.5%

I stopped here for the first time this week, while in town on business. It's smaller than I expected from the website, and also set up physically more as a bar with tables rather than a restaurant that happens to have a good beer selection. But in general the food was excellent, the kitchen is cranking out some good stuff.

We sat at the bar where there are about 15 seats, but there's also seating for another 20 or so people at tables (which run the length of the bar itself). Not unpleasant, kind of upscale feeling which was odd compared with the neighborhood. The beer selection was very good, about 25 taps (I didn't actually count though), including some good CA beers such as Russian River, Stone, Lost Abbey, Moonlight, and Firestone. Also some good Belgian names (St Bernardus, D'Achouffe, etc) and a choice few UK and German beers. The bottle list is good too but I didn't spend much time with it. One cask ale which was served from a tap in a barrel, no hand pump (just gravity).

The prices were high, higher than Toronados by about $3 per pour. So I probably won't be coming back here just for beer, but the food was excellent so it's not out of the question for dinner.

TurdFurgison, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of Aenema
4.58/5  rDev +3.6%

Great stop that unfortunately (though fortunately for my budget) I didn't stop by until my last night in San Francisco.

Atmosphere - Good setup, went early and it definitely started filling up a lot more. I think taking a larger group here might be very difficult if you wanted to have your own table / sit together.

Quality - Lots of great beers available in a variety of styles.

Service - Friendly bartenders who offered an alternative sample after informing me they no longer had Consecration on draft.

Selection - Nice draft list and excellent bottle list.

Food - Only split an order of fries, but found them to be tremendous (in particular the chipotle ketchup, though both the curry and herbed alolis were good as well). I have high expectations for dinner here.

Value - Tremendous selection of high-quality beers and good food build a tab quite quickly. I was very satisfied with my beers and bit of food - and would gladly pay it again. That said, it is expensive. You do get what you pay for.

I'll be stopping by here next time I'm in the area for dinner and recommend this stop for at least a drink and a snack to any beer lover.

Aenema, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of JoeySchlitz
3.9/5  rDev -11.8%

This has become my one of my mainstays in the city to have a great beer and some good food. The tap list changes at a pretty good pace but not too quickly so you can get a chance to try out something if you see it online a few days earlier. And they get some really good stuff on tap on occasion like a few months ago when I was able to get more than a few glasses of barrel aged TenFidy (which was fantastic). 

The place can get pretty crowded so if you come with a group (any more than 2 people) it's going to be a pretty long wait if not impossible to get a table. There are some times in the afternoon when it's not as busy but more and more there's a crowd at all times. (Update edit: Increasingly so crowded that it's impossible to get a table or even into the bar as they are at capacity - ahh.. the joys of the overcrowded, over-hyped mission). 

As mentioned before the wait staff is pretty cool (in spite of the crowds) and usually can offer some input on various beers that are either on tap or from the bottle list. And the bottle list has been steadily improving and usually has some outstanding stuff but for a price (it's usually a 2x markup from City Beer Store or other quality retailers).

Overall this place is really what a beer / restaurant should be. There's no attitudes and the atmosphere is laid back. Definitely Toronado could learn a few things on how to run a business as well as customer service but I don't think that will happen any time soon (or at all).

Keep up the good work MK!

JoeySchlitz, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of LittleDon
4.63/5  rDev +4.8%

Came here on a Monday night a sat at the bar with colleagues from SF. The place was busy, but there didn't appear to be much of a wait, if any. The beertender's had apparently sampled most of the stuff on tap and offered helpful suggestions when asked. Several plates were split among the four of us. All were well prepared and tasty. I will definitely go back next time I'm in town. Decent selection, good food, knowledgeable and friendly staff. The place is small, though. There are, perhaps, 15 or 20 four tops and about a dozen bar seats. I'll make sure to get there early in the week and/or evening, as I believe this place gets packed.

Update - 1/18/11
While the beer and service remains top notch, the menu has changed considerably. I shared four dishes last night and was not impressed (trotters, beef cheeks, confit, and rabbit). All were mediocre at best, lacking the subtlety and finesse you'd expect from upscale dining. The trotters were the best albeit a bit on the heavy side. The beef was well cooked, but accompanied by sauce that combined cloyingly sweet corn with hot-hot horseradish. The rabbit and confit were bland and boring. The only thing upscale was the prices.

LittleDon, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of route66pubs
4.08/5  rDev -7.7%

I must preface this review with the following:

Fortunately, my wife and I visited here in the afternoon on a Saturday and were able to get a table right away. A couple of brews and some food later, we left. Attempting to return that evening with a friend proved fruitless, as we were greeted with "we're full" at the door. We were given the option of being on the 2-hour waiting list for a table (it was already close to 9pm) or just hanging out at the door and waiting and hoping that someone would leave. Seriously, folks, if you are that busy, get a bigger place. That seemed a bit ridiculous to me, and hence the reason for the deduction in the service score. Our wait staff during the afternoon was great, however.

All that being said, the afternoon visit was great. Atmosphere was good with a lot of friendly people hanging around. Food was delicious, albeit at San Francisco prices (see my comments on La Trappe for more on that). Service was good while actually inside, and selection was pretty amazing. Somewhere I would go to again, but not worth a two-hour wait just to get in.

route66pubs, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of braddo
4/5  rDev -9.5%

This bar by far had the most impressive selection of beers out of the places we visited. Pretty expensive and a tad snooty. Once again, I like beer people and want more of them but not the ones who try to make beer a pretentious beverage. Don't be so serious! Small place but not too crowded. Service was good but again, the bar keep was a little snooty. Order a few app's and they were tasty but a little expensive. It's worth the visit for a few good beers but if you stay too long you'll run up a big tab.


braddo, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of bcm119
4.15/5  rDev -6.1%

A small, nicely done beer bar/restaurant just a short walk up from the 16th St Bart stop in the Mission. Tight space, but very clean and tasteful with lots of wood and great lighting.

They rotate their beer selection often, especially the west coast crafts. The selection is well chosen, with many local crafts in various styles, a few Belgians on tap, and many Belgians in bottles. I've been a few times when they did not have a session-strength IPA on tap, which I think is a mistake for a high end beer bar, but other than that I usually find at least 2 or 3 beers that I'm excited to drink. The pricing is strange; the local crafts are very reasonable, but the Belgians and even the English imports can be ridiculously expensive.

The food menu is pretty nice, with lots of gourmet twists on typical pub food, and many dishes that use local/organic ingredients. The salads are particularly good. There are burgers, sandwiches and mac n cheese in the $12 range, then there are some entrees upwards of $20.

Atmosphere can be a little loud at night when it gets crowded, but at least they don't blare music to increase the decibel level. If you score one of the few tables, you can have a conversation even when its crowded. Its usually a good crowd of people.

Overall a worthy destination for any beer-minded visitor, and a nice asset for locals too. I can't go here too often though, its hard to get out of here without spending over $50. For pure Belgian bliss, the Trappist over in Oakland is much better; for pure craft beer bliss the Toronado is better, but for a nice mix of the two with very good food and a clean, upscale atmosphere, this is the place.

bcm119, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of willjschmidt
4.58/5  rDev +3.6%

The Monk's Kettle is a new "gastropub" in the Mission. It focuses on craft beer with a full food menu. It's a rather small place. A small bar and only half a dozen tables. They have 24 taps with a good mix of Belgian, German, British, and American craft beers. They also have a huge bottle selection with over 100 beers to choose from. The beers are all served in appropriate glasses with some of the Belgians being very expensive. For example, a 12oz glass of McChouffe was $10.75.

The menu consists of slightly upscale pub food. A good selection of appetizers, lots of salads, sandwiches, burgers, and a couple of entrees. I ordered the turkey burger which was on the dry side. My wife had the macaroni and cheese which was quite good.

I definitely recommend checking this place out. It's a welcome addition to San Francisco's craft beer scene.

willjschmidt, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of marcpal
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

In San Fran on business for the week and thanks to BAs, this was on my agenda.

For some reason, not sure why, I did not at all have high expectations for this place. Well, I was wrong. I was very very wrong.

This is one of those surprise hole in the wall gems that tug at your heartstrings. Reminded me of when I stumbled on the Linkery in San Diego. There is really a hard time finding a bad thing to say about the place- maybe the prices of the beers but thats it.

The atmosphere around the place is bizarre, just bizarre. Not familiar with the neighborhood but you walk in and it is great. Small bar, some seating, and people that just seem happy to be there. Friendly people at the bar, friendly staff, good start.

The quality of the selection was through the roof. The list was cared for, updated, and plentiful. They had pairing suggestion for everything on the menu, nice concise descriptions and plenty from domestic and imported. Well laid out as well. The seasonals were abundant and covered all the necessary bases.

Service was spectacular. Not sure the waitress name but she was great. Asked a simple question on some local beers and before I knew it, samples were right next to me to try. Honest suggestions on beers and food and she batted 1.000. Ordered Oaked Arrogant Bastard to start from tap and that alone will sell me on any establishment. Followed that with the bottle list with HOTD Adam and Fred. Thats a lineup my friends.

Food was knocked out of the park. Waitress/tender gave honest feedback on the food and suggested turkey burger over others and fantastic. The salad with blue cheese was also tremendous. Monk's Kettle is nothing short of a beer bar that cares about its beer, its food, its patrons and loves doing it. Doesnt try too hard but also not too big for its britches.

This is a must stop for any of my trips to San Fran. This and City Beer store will have me eager to come back to this fine city.

marcpal, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of hotglassmama
4.28/5  rDev -3.2%

I caught up with friends here while on vacation and found it to be a nice cozy spot to have a few great beers. I shared a Temptation from Russian River Brewing Co. based on the glowing recommendation of one of my friends and barmates. I then ordered a Moonlight Brewing Company Reality Czeck pils on tap, it was very clean and good. The selection was quite astonishing, 5 full pages representing an array of fine choices. Anyone should be able to find more than a few beers to their liking. The bartenders were very attentive and although I didn't need help with my choices I am willing to bet they would make a suggestion if need be. The location isn't far from public transportation, but it felt off the beaten path and refreshingly different from the majority of the bars I have been to in the San Francisco area. Obviously I am not reviewing from a local's standpoint, but as a traveler I would highly recommend stopping in here.

hotglassmama, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of bbothen
4.15/5  rDev -6.1%

Located in the Mission, conveniently by the 24th st BART terminal.

First of all, this place is small. I think the max capacity is like 50. A couple small tables by the bar, and a few equally small tables in the dining area. Long bar with 12+ seats.

The beer selection is what brought me here. 24 taps of well thought out styles. Many hard to find brews. On my visit they had Avery Ale To The Chief, Dogfish Punkin, Moonlight Reality Czeck, Lagunitas Imperial Red,Sonoma Farmhouse Hop Stoopid, Allagash Curieux, & lots more. Impressive bottle list as well.

The food was fantastic as well. House made pretzels, local produce & meats, house made sauces, aoilis, etc & daily pot pie specials, and more. Everything I've had here has been great. No standard brewpub/pub menu here. The menu also suggests beer pairings for each item. AWESOME.

Service has been fine on my visits. Not overly welcoming, but fine.

If you love beer, and quality food made with quality ingredients. This is your place. If you love just beer, this is your place.

A fine addition to the SF beer scene.

bbothen, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of waltonc
4.38/5  rDev -0.9%

Compared to other cities, San Francisco has a massive shortage of excellent beer bars. Thankfully, Monk's Kettle and City Beer Store popped up in the past couple years.

The atmosphere inside is pretty cool. They definitely spent a lot of money re-doing the space that was formerly occupied by Kelly's Burgers (a dingy burger joint to hit up late night after lots of drinks across the street at Kilowatt). Now there is a nice wooden bar with lots of taps, and the booths are pretty cool as well. Unfortunately, this space is often not large enough for the kind of business Monk's Kettle is running - a restaurant where folks can hang out after eating and just keep drinking. This results in a major clogging at the door. Every time I go, I seem to have to wait for at least an hour to get a table. As a result, I don't go here often.

The selection is very good. I didn't count them, but it looks like they've got around 25-30 beers on tap. I had a Dogfish Punkin, Allagash Curieaux, and Oaked Arrogant Bastard the other night. Very good variety.

Service: The people working here have always been very friendly each time I'm here. As noted above, my only ding is that you have to wait for ages before getting a table. Thankfully you can just order a drink and a soft pretzel from the bar while you wait.

I am not here often enough to explore the menu, so I always order their burger, which is quite good, even if not cooked the way you requested. And their fries are awesome.

Prices: very high. Perhaps to make up for what I imagine is pretty high overhead for such a small space. Overall, I'm fine with that because I understand SF is an expensive city to do business, and I'm glad to have a nice addition to the beer offerings here.

waltonc, Sep 20, 2008
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5/5  rDev +13.1%

I rarely will rate places being in the Industry but this is out of my market so i will give it a go. Man, what great food, ambience and selection. I drank 2 russian river sours (Temptation & Supplication) and had a really delicious pork chop cooked in a demi glace of figs. The menu was written concisely but completely in a beer geek effort to educate the masses on styles. They ran the whole gammit of styles from Belgian Whites and Bocks to American Wild Ales. If you are in the area definitely check this one out. You won't regret it.

ChrisDotson, Sep 09, 2008
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4.38/5  rDev -0.9%

Went there with a group of four people this past weekend for a late lunch.

Was very impressed with their beer selections (go to their website to check them out). Our group tried the Petrus Old Bruin, Ellie's Brown Ale by Avery and Stone 12th Anniversary Ale. All were on tap. Their bottled selections were also superb.

This is definitely more of a lunch/small dinner atmosphere than a bar setting, but they did have a small bar as well. They had beer pairings with each menu item as well which was quite handy. The server seemed to be busy, but was very attentive and responsive. Service the entire time was very fast.

Food was actually really tasty. I had the skirt steak which was very flavorful and tender. My buddy had the chicken pot pie which was one of the best I've tried. Price was reasonable.

Highly recommended if you are in the Mission District of San Francisco!

ibbjamin, Aug 13, 2008
The Monk's Kettle in San Francisco, CA
97 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.